8.11: Discussion and Activities
Rose Helens-Hart and Rachel Dolechek
8.11.1. Identifying Your Network
Use this worksheet to reveal the value in your network.
Part 1: Try to list at least 20 people you know across the categories provided below. Feel free to list more. Challenge yourself to not repeat names in multiple categories.
- Relatives & Friends (ex. parents, siblings, in-laws, cousins, neighbors, friends, etc.)
- Community Members (ex. doctors, lawyers, government officials, business owners, volunteer/community service organization members, etc.)
- Activities (ex. club members, athletic team members, coaches, religious organization members, etc.)
- Academics (ex. professors, classmates, fraternity/sorority members, alumni, Career Services staff, etc.)
- Employment (ex. supervisors, colleagues, customers, employees, etc.)
In addition, provide the following information:
- Include the occupation title for each person
- Explain how interested you are in their occupation, and how comfortable you would feel contacting them for career advice.
- Identify in what areas could you build your network
Part 2: Identify three people from the above networking worksheet that you would to have as a mentor. Utilizing the criteria from our reading, explain why these people would be ideal mentors for you.
8.11.2 Discussion Questions
- Why would a person open up their network to you?
- What are the four stages of networking and why must they occur sequentially?
- How do you follow up with new and old networking contacts? Describe three to four ways of doing so.
- How can you build your network on an ongoing basis?
- How can you reconnect with old contacts without seeming disingenuous?
- What questions can you ask during networking events to help get the conversation started?
- What strategies exist for building a network, even if you are shy?
- How can you build a network on campus and with whom?
- What social networking sites can help you network more effectively?
- What is digital dirt and how can it hurt your job search strategies?